Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney’s eldest sons, Kai and Cristiano Jr, have already made an impact for Manchester United at youth level this season.
Cristiano Jr officially joined United’s youth ranks last month after training with the club following his famous father’s emotional return to Old Trafford.
The 11-year-old had previously been on Juventus’s books and made headlines thanks to his eye for goal.
In 2019, it was reported that Cristiano Jr had scored 58 goals in 28 games in Juve’s youth setup.
His dad has doubts over whether his son will possess the hunger and dedication required to make it as a professional footballer, although the youngster appears keen to prove his father wrong and would love to be on the same pitch as his dad before he retires.
Ronaldo, per The Sun, said: “My son tells me, ‘Dad hold on a few more years – I want to play with you.’”
Kai Rooney won’t have the opportunity to play a competitive game with his dad, who retired in January 2021 in order to become the permanent manager of Derby County.
But the 12-year-old, who signed for Man Utd in December 2020, is showing signs that he might be following in his father’s footsteps.
Kai Rooney and Cristiano Jr on scoresheet for Man Utd U12s
They say the young Rooney is now on 10 goals in just five games this month. Impressive.
Like their fathers back in the mid-to-late 2000s, it seems Cristiano Jr and Kai Rooney are striking up quite the partnership in United’s youth ranks.
Man Utd will be acutely aware that failure to keep Ronaldo at the club would also mean the inevitable departure of Cristiano Jr, who clearly possesses plenty of talent.
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. in training with the Manchester United junior squad.🔥🤯— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) March 23, 2022
Following his dad’s footsteps.pic.twitter.com/eRn82RUzhC
But as things stand, Ronaldo is set to continue his Old Trafford adventure next season – regardless of whether or not the club qualify for the Champions League.
“We’ll see if my son will become a great footballer,” Ronaldo said of his eldest child in 2020. “He has potential. He is fast and dribbles well, but that is not enough.
“I always tell him that it takes work and dedication to have success. I won’t pressure him to become a footballer, but if you ask me if I want him to, yes I would like it.
“The most important thing is to become the best at whatever he does, whether it is as a footballer or a doctor.”
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